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San Isidro De Albatera

San Isidro, Spain
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Facades in San Isidro de Albatera

The origin of San Isidro is linked to agricultural-residential-educational projects that emerged under the National Institute of Colonization, during the 1950s in Spain. Its creation was motivated by the need to booster social and economic land reform, after the devastation of the Spanish civil war. Its main objective was to build productive spaces that increases agricultural production, farmland, irrigation area and hydraulic infrastructures. Jose Luis Fernandez del Amo was in charge of 20 of this developments, 3 of them in Alicante: Saladares, Realengo and San Isidro de Albatera. In 1952 the transformation of unproductive land was started, and a irrigation network stablished. Colonization village of San Isidro de Albatera is listed in Docomomo Iberico.

Its urban structure emphasizes rationality and vertebrates the constructed space. Everything in San Isidro conforms to efficiency, to the extreme economy, moving away from the picturesque model. Regular net with a predominance of one direction. Regular, long and narrow plots: residential fronts towards the street, and agricultural elements in the background, separated by an elongated patio. The relationship between architecture and landscape is always present, respecting for the existing vegetation: although it is not integrated into the daily life of the town, it gives character to the site as a whole. Timeless essentialized architecture that eliminated the superfluous. Naked elements, white walls, giving a value to austerity, making the most of the shortage of resources. Great textures using masonry construction techniques of each area.

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carolina, March 20th, 2020
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